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Allen discusses Redskins' draft plans
Sam Bradford is the NFL's likely No. 1 pick. No one is quite sure of who'll go next.
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BY RICH CAMPBELL
ASHBURN--Bruce Allen began his meeting with reporters yesterday with a disclaimer. In the days of misinformation and smokescreens leading up to the start of the NFL draft on Thursday, better to just get the obvious out of the way.
"Understand that I'm not going to get too specific, so don't get upset," the Washington Redskins general manager said with a smile. "I'm going to attempt not to lie to you all. Key word: attempt."
That drew laughter from the crowd. Falsehoods are simply part of the game this time of year, so the degree of Allen's candor will best be evaluated once the three-day draft concludes on Saturday.
For now, though, Allen is keeping the Redskins' options open as they prepare to draft fourth overall.
He said the Redskins aren't ruling out drafting a quarterback with one of their four selections (in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh rounds) despite having five quarterbacks on the roster, including newly acquired starter Donovan McNabb.
He echoed the statement coach Mike Shanahan made on Sunday about not trading disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
He said the team isn't close to finalizing a trade involving quarterback Jason Campbell, but some teams have expressed interest.
And he is pessimistic about the Redskins' chances of acquiring more picks by trading down from No. 4.
"History will tell you that there's not much trading in the top four picks," Allen said. "We've looked at it a number of different ways. We are listening. The phones will be open. We have a listed phone number in case someone wants to make a trade, but it's hard to project what's going to happen."
With so many needs on team coming off a 4-12 season, Allen and Shanahan are hopeful they can accumulate more draft selections.
WHEN: Thursday-Saturday WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, New York TV: ESPN, NFL Network NO. 1 PICK: St. Louis REDSKINS' TOP PICK: No. 4 overall